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Food packaging and verification

October 29th, 2011

Tna has launched two new additions to its range, representing the latest solutions in food packaging and verification for advanced quality assurance: the tna intelli-scan 2 comprehensive date code assurance system, as well as the tna intelli-read 3 integrated bar code scanning system. These new products accurately verify products on the tna robag vertical ‘form fill and seal’ (VFFS) bagger, while retaining a high level of flexibility and simplicity for food manufacturers.

Aided by fast speed image detection to amplify its ability to find miscoded or uncoded products, the highly accurate and reliable tna intelli-scan 2 processes images through its camera system to ensure that the date code is printed, complete and legible. Suitable for a range of print requirements, it can handle both light and dark texts. Furthermore, with exposure times of less than 0.5ms and high speeds of up to 200bpm, the scanner is able to keep up with the current speed of tna’s robag 3 series equipment, into which it is fully integrated, therefore maximising efficiency. The user friendly settings ensure ease of operation, whatever the application.

The new tna intelli-read 3 full film width bar code reader automatically scans the bar code on the film and cross checks it in order to verify that the correct product is being processed. Mounted on to the film system of the tna robag and then fully integrated into the software, the tna intelli-read 3 scans the entire width, making it virtually impossible to bypass, as every barcode, regardless of where on the film it is printed will be read. Not merely a verification system, the tna intelli-read 3 will also select the tna robag product programme or recipe associated with the decoded barcode in order to ensure correct usage. No manual interaction from an operator is required, as the tna intelli-read 3 suggests the appropriate programmes for the product. It also automatically detects a splice with a different film, and aids traceability.

Shayne De la Force, tna’s Group marketing manager, comments, “We’re thrilled to be bringing the tna intelli-scan 2 and the tna intelli-read® 3 to the market. These additions provide the next level of food packaging and verification for advanced Quality Assurance. tna takes quality assurance extremely seriously and happy to be leading the way with these innovations in the industry.”

Source: Confectionery Production

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